The Central Bank of Seychelles will launch a new
family of bank notes and coins in December to commemorate 40 years of
Seychelles’ Independence. The theme will be “Seychelles’ Unique
Biodiversity — the backbone of our economy.” The new series was four
years in the making and will include different sized 500-rupee,
100-rupee, 50-rupee and 25-rupee notes, as well as seven new coins in
1- to 10-rupee denominations. The 10-rupee coin is a ringed-bimetallic
issue replacing the current note of the same denomination.
The design of the new series incorporates 35 examples of the
Seychelles’ flora and fauna including a variety of birds, fish and
reptiles, and the carnivorous pitcher plant.
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To ensure a smooth transition and popular acceptance, certain design
elements have been retained, such as the general color schemes and
some design features.
The new bank notes have new and enhanced features offering better
protection against counterfeiting. The needs of the visually impaired
are facilitated by a tactile raised print rendering of small
coco-de-mer nuts on all the notes — two coco-de-mer on the 25-rupee
note, three on the 50-rupee note, four on the 100-rupee note, and five
on the 500-rupee note.
The use of Creole, English, and French text celebrates the nation’s
Five million notes of each denomination have been printed and will
be released based on commercial demand. The old currency will remain
legal tender until the bank demonetizes it.